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Cablegate: September 13 Mfa Press Briefing: Pm Abe's

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SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 13 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: PM ABE'S
RESIGNATION, NEW RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER, RESPONSE TO PDAS
CHRISTENSEN'S TAIWAN COMMENTS, SIX-PARTY TALKS, IRAN
SPECIAL ENVOY VISIT, INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE

1. Key points at the September 13 MFA Press Briefing were:

-- Abe's resignation is an internal affair of Japan and China
attaches great importance to the development of Sino-Japanese
ties.

-- The choice of a new Russian prime minister is an internal
affair of that country. China and Russia have a strategic
cooperative partnership.

-- In PDAS Christensen's September 11 speech on Taiwan, the
United States said it will stick to its one China policy.
China hopes the United States will help it make joint efforts
to ensure cross-Strait stability.

-- No date has been set for the upcoming Six-Party Talks.

-- China welcomes the Iran-IAEA action plan and is satisfied
with Iran's efforts to cooperate with the IAEA.

Reaction to Abe's Resignation
-----------------------------

2. At the September 13 regular MFA press briefing,
Spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Japanese PM Abe's resignation was
an internal affair of Japan. China attaches "great
importance" to the steady development of ties, she stated.
At present, China and Japan are building mutual trust. Jiang
declined to speculate on a possible China visit for the new
Japanese prime minister. She stated that China and Japan
"will have positive consultations on the issue."

A New Prime Minister in Moscow
------------------------------

3. The selection of a new prime minister in Russia is an
internal affair of that country, Jiang said. The two
countries cooperate in the areas of politics, economics,
trade, science and technology. Sino-Russian relations are
characterized by a "strategic cooperative partnership," she
said.

PDAS Christensen's Speech and U.S. Taiwan Policy
--------------------------------------------- ---

4. When asked to comment on PDAS Tom Christensen's September
11 speech on Taiwan, Jiang relayed that the United States has
said it would stick to its one China policy in line with the
three joint communiques to oppose Taiwan's efforts at a
referendum. She stated her hope that the United States will
abide by the communiques and help China make "joint efforts"
to ensure cross-Strait stability. Jiang reiterated China's
position on Taiwan and said that the Taiwan authorities are
making efforts to split the motherland. These are "doomed to
failure," she stated.

New Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Japan?
--------------------------------------------- --

5. In response to a question asking for confirmation
regarding Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi becoming Vice FM and
Cui Tiankai becoming the next Ambassador to Japan, Jiang said
an announcement would be made in due course.

No Date Set for Six-Party Talks
-------------------------------

6. When asked for details about the upcoming Six-Party
Talks, Jiang replied that no date has yet been decided upon,
but the Chinese government will announce a date as soon as it
has been agreed upon.

Iran's Interior Minister Visiting China
---------------------------------------

7. Iran's Interior Minister is visiting China today and
tomorrow. He will meet with MFA officials and exchange views
on Sino-Iranian relations. China welcomes the Iran-IAEA
action plan and is satisfied with Iran's recent efforts to
cooperate with IAEA investigations. Continued negotiation is
the best way forward in this matter.

Earthquake in Indonesia
-----------------------

8. Asked for comment on China's reaction and possible aid
regarding Indonesia's earthquake, Jiang expressed her
sympathy and said she hopes the Indonesian people will
overcome their difficulties to rebuild their homeland.
Randt

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